Some ancient secrets should remain buried. An American teenager in Cairo finds herself in the middle of the Egyptian revolution fleeing militant Islamic extremists. She leads her worst enemy and the boy she thinks about much too often on the adventure of a lifetime. When she discovers an ancient artifact that was buried for thousands of years, she learns that very powerful people will stop at nothing, including murder, to learn the secrets of a long-dead civilization.
From the first page, and quite possibly the first sentence, I was hooked on this refreshingly different YA read that is suitable and enjoyable for all ages! ~Dii
Taylor was standing nearby. She stood against an outcropping of stone with her feet under the ledge. Suddenly her face turned white and she started screaming. The screams echoes and re- echoed through the cave. Paul stood there with a stunned look on his face.
“What’s wrong?” I said.
I looked at Taylor. I couldn’t figure out what her problem was. Taylor was hyperventilating while she continued to scream. Her face had turned white. She pointed to her legs. I looked down and saw a large white shape wrapped around her legs.
“It’s getting tighter. I can’t feel my legs!”
“Try to be calm. Everything is going to be okay,” I said.
I reached into my vest and pulled out my knife and opened the blade.
“Don’t cut my legs!”
“Do you have another knife? I can help.”
I knew Paul was trying to be helpful. I shook my head and slashed the snake’s body. It felt hard. I felt the snake’s powerful muscles resisting the knife. I began sawing. Taylor was close to passing out.
“Let me know when I break through,” I told Paul.
I heard my father’s voice in my head. These snakes are not poisonous. Only the black ones are worth worrying about. Just ask Cleopatra. The asp killed her in seconds. This kind will squeeze the life out of you if you let it, so it’s important to cut through the muscle as quickly as possible.
Author Stan Schatt
Stan Schatt has written thirty books on a wide variety of topics including a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology. Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager.
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